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"I hope we can treat her before there's irreparable damage"

Now, she's discovered there is an operation that can help, but she can't find a surgeon to carry it out.

A woman from Broadstairs is appealing for help to treat her condition before it's too late.

Debbie Rocke can only move with the help of a carer and is permanently in a neck brace, after she developed a condition called cranio cervical instability.

Debbie's partner Jim Galbally says he's worried about what the future holds.


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Parents want answers to death of baby in hospital

The heartbroken parents of a baby girl who died at a hospital in Kent claim her life could have been saved if she'd been monitored properly. Summer Palmer was born prematurely at twenty five weeks but developed sepsis a few days later. Her parents have obtained notes from Medway Maritime Hospital which, they say, show tests were not carried out as regularly as they should have been. But the hospital trust insists that everything to safeguard baby Summer was done. Tom Savvides reports.

Thousands missing out on 'game changing' MRI tests for prostate cancer, charity says

More than 7,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year in the south east - and more than 1,500 will die from the disease.

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Now a new pain-free test, pioneered in the south, is using MRI scanners to help detect the worse tumours.

But so far only around half of the UK's hospitals are offering it - with Medway and Southend among those missing out.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to Chris Kitcher, Dr Jonathan Richenberg of the Royal Sussex County Hospital, and Angela Culhane of Prostate Cancer UK.

Shaun's inspiring journey

A 12 year old boy from Winchester has travelled 4,000 miles across the Atlantic to receive pioneering proton beam therapy for a tumour on his spine. The treatment is not available in the UK - so his trip was funded by the NHS. Doctors hope it will give him the best chance of a happy, healthy future. Shaun Bull and his family agreed to film their journey and share it with ITV Meridian. They want to allay the fears of others who are facing a similar trip.

Here's our social affairs correspondent Christine Alsford, with the first of her special reports on Shaun's journey.


Campaigners continue fight to stop NHS cuts

Campaigners have previously protested in Brighton Credit: ITV Meridian

Campaigners in Brighton are planning their next move in their fight to stop the government making cuts to the NHS.

More than 1,000 people have already taken to Brighton's streets defending the service.

The government says it's spending record sums to meet 'unprecedented demand'.

A public meeting will be held on 16th February in Kemptown to discuss further action.

MP Caroline Lucas is set to attend along with the national head of health at the Unite union, among others.

Cancer charity provides Haven for sufferers

A cancer diagnosis can be devastating. Aside from the physical trauma of treatment, the psychological impact can be crippling.

But now a Hampshire-based charity is making the journey a little easier.

The Haven, in Titchfield, helps those affected by breast cancer, in surroundings as far away from a hospital environment as you can imagine.

Rachel Hepworth joined some well-known faces to look at the work being done.

Rachel spoke to breast cancer survivor Clare Morgan, Chief Executive of Breast Cancer Haven Pamela Healey and therapist Julie Walsh. She also spoke to Francis Benali a former footballer and fundraiser and Lawrie Mc Menemy, a former football coach and fundraiser.

Supermarket first in the country to introduce 'quiet hour' for autistic shoppers

More and more of our children are being diagnosed as autistic. Thirty years ago, it was considered a relatively rare condition affecting around one in 500, but now that figure stands at one in every 100.

Much of that could be down to better awareness - but its cause is still a mystery. However, it leaves a generation of children and their parents struggling with the sensory overload of modern life.

Now some respite is now being offered in perhaps the most unlikely of places - a supermarket in Crawley is going out of its way to help.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to Emma Castle, who's son Oliver has autism, Abi Smith, Emma Holdsworth and Raj Sivalingam, as well as supermarket manager Gary Powis and Jo-Ann D'Costa Manuel of Autism Parent Power.

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